Jill Camarena-Williams, a UA volunteer assistant coach, won the shot put with a throw of 62 feet 10 1/2 inches, nearly 2 feet better than anyone else.
EUGENE, Ore. - Arizona Wildcats volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams placed first Friday in the the women's shot put final at the U.S. Olympic trials, and senior Georganne Moline advanced to the final of the 400-meter hurdles.
Clark Burckle, fourth swimmer from left, nears the wall en route to finishing second in the 200 breast stroke. "I was so nervous" before the race, he said.
Former UA standout Clark Burckle, left, and Scott Weltz enjoy the medal ceremony after earning spots on the Olympic team.
OMAHA, Neb. - Clark Burckle's Road to London began when he was 6, a kid swimmer in Louisville who was so into the sport that he would watch old tapes of old Olympic swimmers, memorize their times, mannerisms and warm-up routines.
Eleven-time medalist Natalie Coughlin advanced to the final of the 100 free, but this is her last shot at a third Olympics.
OMAHA, Neb. - On a night when Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps were focused on getting through semifinal races, Nathan Adrian won the 100 freestyle, and Cullen Jones barely beat Matt Grevers for the second spot for London.
I began this odyssey to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials 12 years ago, in Indianapolis, continued to Long Beach in 2004 and moved on to steamy downtown Omaha in 2008 and again this year.
OMAHA, Neb. - Nobody knew, and few suspected, that this was going to be The Day of Alyssa Anderson's Life. It would be an Olympic surprise party.
"At the Olympic trials, you've got people coming out of the woodwork. … If you're not at your best, you don't have a chance," says ex-UA All-American Whitney Myers Burnett, who will swim in at least four events this week.
Ex-UA coach Frank Busch, director of USA Swimming's national teams, said the 1,849 swimmers at the U.S. trials is "like nothing we've ever experienced."
OMAHA, Neb. - The odds of making the U.S. Olympic swimming team are somewhere between distant and remote. Of the 1,849 swimmers here this week, about 46 will be in London for the 2012 Olympics. Maybe as few as 42.